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The new supermarket rules that will come into force from July 19

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Original article from Kent Live

The rules for supermarkets and shops will change from July 19 in Kent and England after Boris Johnson confirmed most coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.

It means shoppers will no longer be legally required to wear a face mask inside, instead, it will be down to personal choice.

Social distancing rules will be lifted too, the Prime Minister said, so retailers won’t have to limit the number of people allowed inside their store.

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However, businesses will have the power to set their own rules – so they can in theory still encourage shoppers to wear masks, or still restrict the amount of people allowed in their premises.

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For example, Ryanair and easyJet have already said they’ll ask all passengers to wear face masks on their flights after the law ends.

Under the current restrictions, Brits face being slapped with a fine of up to £6,400 for not wearing a mask, unless you are exempt.

Speaking at a Downing Street conference yesterday (July 5) the Prime Minister said despite the easing of restrictions, it is "very far from the end of dealing with this virus".

But he added: "We must be honest with ourselves that if we can't reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer, and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves 'when will we be able to return to normal?'

"And to those who say we should delay again – the alternative to that is to open up in winter when the virus will have an advantage, or not at all this year."

We've done some digging to find out what supermarkets are planning to do from July 19 and this is what we've found.

Sainsbury’s

Shoppers at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Maidstone

The chain has said it is "reviewing the latest guidance and will keep customers and colleagues updated on our plans".

Lidl

Lidl stores in Kent have announced their opening times for the upcoming Easter weekend

The German supermarket stressed they are "closely following government guidance regarding Covid-19 secure measures in our stores and will continue to do so in the coming weeks".

Morrisons

The glass milk bottles of old are making a comeback at Morrisons

However, a spokesperson for Morrisons said: "We are still waiting for the detail from the Government on the recommendations and once we have seen and reviewed that we will update our policy accordingly."

Asda

Asda will be offering 5,000 nurseries priority access during lockdown

The budget supermarket said they "are not in a position to provide a comment on this yet", but will let customers know if they are planning to make any changes.

A spokesperson said this should be when the Government releases full details of the new rules.

Tesco

There is a lot more going on than you think

Tesco has not yet responded to our request.

Aldi

Aldi are bolstering their McDonald's lookalike range

Aldi has not yet responded to our request.

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